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Equipment Development for Small and Urban Conservation Farming Systems

The number of local urban farms producing fruit and vegetables for local farmers’ markets in the USA is on the rise. Local farms usually own small walk-behind tractors with interchangeable attachments. Majority of these small farms realize benefits of utilizing cover crops which are widely promoted by USDA ARS and NRCS to increase sustainability of agriculture production. A limiting factor to widely utilize cover crops is the lack of commercially available equipment needed to manage tall cover crops such as cereal rye, planting, and transplanting equipment compatible with walk behind tractors. The objective of this field experiment was to evaluate the performance and quality of experimental no-till equipment developed for a walk-behind tractor.

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